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Weight Loss Wednesday – School Holidays: My Kryptonite

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Hello Everyone,

Welcome to another Weight Loss Wednesday post. So, how has your week been? Do you have a spring in your step? I seem to have lost mine for the moment. 😦

Following on from last week’s 0.5lbs loss, I came away relieved once again that my inconsistent eating habits hadn’t caused a weight gain. Each week I come home from Image Therapy knowing that I have to do better to see the losses that I am looking for. Once again this week, although I’ve been better at cutting down on the high-syn snack foods when I needed an emotional boost I’ve been far from “on plan“; pizza last Wednesday evening then a Chinese takeaway last Friday. When I stepped on the scales tonight I had a 2lbs gain. Upsetting but not unexpected.

Having a plan and sticking to it is the not-so-secret secret that we all talk about at group. Being on Slimming World means that you are never on your own when faced with food triggers or situations that can be detrimental to the success of your weight loss journey. School holidays are always a tricky time for me; no routines, close to trigger foods, reduced activity. It looks like I’m not alone, Slimming World have already thought of how they can help their members during school holidays and following on from chatting to others at group tonight, I thought I’d share the following article from the SW site.

I would love to hear from you if you struggle during holidays too. What do you do to stop yourself reaching for those high syn foods? If you haven’t got any tips, I hope you find this article as helpful as I did.

A break from school doesn’t have to mean taking a break from your weight-loss campaign. Here’s how to breeze through the hols and be slimmer at the school gates!

‘My daily routine’s gone right out of the window!’

Holiday help The holidays are a great opportunity to get children involved with meal prep – they’ll love grating, weighing out ingredients, cracking eggs and so on. Get your Slimming World magazines and recipe books out, or visit our recipe section and ask the kids to pick their favourites. Older children might like to help with the shopping and cooking, too.

Child-friendly meals

‘I’m tempted by the kids’ treats’

Holiday help Save yourself from the children’s chocolate stash by preparing your own treats, such as Speed Free Food fruits like melon, strawberries and raspberries piled high on your favourite fat-free yogurt.

chicken and bacon salad

Prepare lots of Free snacks, like chopped fresh fruit and veg sticks, Slimming World quiche or houmous, so you always have something ready in the fridge.

It might help to label your own treats with Syn values, so you can see at a glance how they’ll fit into your 5-15 Syn daily allowance:

• Lotus Biscoff The Original Caramelised Biscuit = 2 Syns per biscuit

• Cadbury Caramel Freddo = 4.5 Syns per 19g bar

• Walkers Crisps Pops = 4 Syns per 19g bag

‘I’m a working mum and want to make the most of the few days I do have off with the kids’

Holiday help If you’re going out for the day, hang on to your money and Syns by taking a bumper Food Optimising picnic with you. Tuck into home-made pasta and potato salads, cooked chicken drumsticks (skin and visible fat removed), frittata, cooked lean meats, Quorn fajita strips (Free), hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit and fat-free natural yogurt while everyone else joins the long food queues.

If you’re going away for a few days self-catering, sit down and plan your meals beforehand. Pack some Food Optimising supplies, like sweetener, fat-free vinaigrette and low-calorie cooking spray, so you don’t waste precious family time shopping.

half term exercise

‘I’m having trouble fitting in my usual exercise’

Holiday help The secret is to find plenty of fun, child-friendly ways to keep fit instead. If you’re off to the beach, take a football, frisbee or a cricket set.

Dust off the bikes and go on a family bike ride, or do plenty of running around playing tag at the park. Even your back garden can help you keep active if you put up a badminton net, bounce on the trampoline or do some sports day-style races.

Anything that makes you feel warmer and speeds up your breathing and heart rate counts as Body Magic!

Author: Fifty and Fabulous

I wear many hats in my life; I am a wife, a mum, a teaching assistant, a fiction editor, a proofreader, and a loyal and supportive friend.

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